New regulations on the import and quarantine of dogs and cats came into force on 11 March 2020. The quarantine period has been shortened from 28 days to 14 days. Animals are generally admitted to the quarantine stations at three-week intervals. The animals in each quarantine group must stay together in isolation for 14 days. Check-in dates (usually Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays every 3rd week) are advertised on the quarantine centres websites.
- Dogs/cats may only be imported to Iceland from an approved exporting country.
- An import license issued by the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) must be obtained before the animal is imported into the country.
- The importer must book a place in a quarantine centre where the dog/cat must stay for a minimum of 14 days.
- The importer is responsible for fulfilling all the import requirements.
- All information can be found in the relevant instructions (different for country categories 1 and 2).
- The appropriate certificate form (D1 or D2) must be used.
- Completed and signed certificates must be sent to MAST for approval no later than 5 days before import
Further information on the entire process, guidance notes and information on the costs of importing dogs and cats can be found on the MAST website. The website also contains an online chat where you can send inquiries regarding the import of animals to Iceland.
Travelling with pets
The same rules apply to bringing animals with you to the country as to importing them. It makes no difference whether their stay is to be brief or permanent. Pets have to undergo a quarantine period. Rules on bringing pets to Iceland, in addition to those in the text above, can be found on the MAST website.
Further information is available on the MAST website or by phone +354 5304800
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